When schools, centres and libraries limited access to resources in response to the pandemic, countless students, Indigenous communities and people facing poverty were immediately disconnected from the online world. The pandemic revealed and exacerbated the deep digital divide between those with reliable access to technology and those without, who will struggle to keep learning, working and participating in the world around us.
As a Top 100 Recovery Project helping Canada build back better, re//BUILD.IT Community program collects desktops and laptops in good condition, refurbishes them, and donates the essential devices to students, Indigenous communities and people facing poverty across southwestern Ontario. re//BUILD.IT Community is also reducing the environmental impact of electronic waste in the most effective way by extending the life of computers.
Check out the video below from Fanshawe College students, Atrus, Austin and Parker about the re//BUILD.IT Community computer donation program.
If you or someone you know is in need of a computer at home, fill out the application in the link below. Once received, a Program Coordinator will contact the applicant to assess specific needs and eligibility for the program. If the applicant qualifies for the computer donation program, our team will contact the applicant to make arrangements for pick-up.
Need help finding affordable internet?
The Government of Canada's Connecting Families initiative is investing $13.2 million over five years to help bridge the digital divide for Canadian families who may struggle to afford access to home Internet. With this funding, they have developed a secure online portal that will enable eligible Canadian families to access high speed Internet service packages for $10 per month from participating Internet Service Providers.
Do you have Technology to donate?
We couldn't offer this program without generous technology donations from the community and local businesses. With up to 20 people waiting at anytime, we are always in need of desktop and laptop computer donations in good condition.
Please note regarding data destruction, we use the services of a Certified Information Systems Security Professional to wipe the hard drive of every computer received, but unfortunately cannot provide a certificate of destruction.
If you have technology to donate, please email or call us to schedule a drop off/pickup time:
re//BUILD.IT Community began with generous funding from the Government of Canada / United Way Elgin Middlesex, Elgin Business Resource Centre, Green Lane Community Trust, County of Elgin, and Kinsmen Club of St. Thomas.